Decision time for Price

RUGBY LEAGUE

At some point - and sooner rather than later - Steve Price will have to make a decision.

The Dragons coach will have to pick a first-choice halfback and be prepared to stick with him for a couple of months in the interests of the team.

Michael Witt had first shot, then was injured, now he's apparently back.

Sam Williams and Adam Quinlan have also been handed the No 7 jersey and he's had the luxury of choice largely because halves partner Gareth Widdop has been outstanding this year.

But the Dragons need to move in a direction where their halves are stable and the best halfback - and it has to be Price's judgment call - is given at least two months' breathing space to lead the team.

It's hardly panic stations for the Dragons after a couple of losses.

Price would have quickly moved on from the Souths loss, given the first-half penalty count, which was 7-1 against them.

No team in the NRL can win games in that situation and the Dragons copped a rough deal because they're hardly the most ill-disciplined team in the competition.

The Dragons tried to hang on as Souths had all the possession, but eventually something is going to give.

On Monday they travel to AAMI Stadium in Melbourne, where they haven't won in 15 years, but there's a sense the Storm are more vulnerable than in the past after their loss to the Titans.

Even if the Dragons do lose a third game in a row, there's plenty to like about St George Illawarra and fans should still believe they're heading in the right direction.

It's been a great strength of the NRL this year, having the Dragons, Tigers and Eels back in the top eight.

They're three of the most supported teams in the NRL, along with the Dogs and Broncos, who are also at the right end of the ladder at the moment.

With the faster pace of the game and these teams firing, it's really provided a spark to this season.

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